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Benefits

Mindful Meditation

Some Benefits of Mindful Meditation . . .

Mindfulness improves well being

  • Increasing your capacity for mindfulness supports many attitudes that contribute to a satisfied life.
  • Being mindful makes it easier to savor the pleasures in life as they occur, helps you become fully engaged in activities, and creates a greater capacity to deal with adverse events.
  • By focusing on the here and now, many people who practice mindfulness find that they are less likely to get caught up in worries about the future or regrets over the past, are less preoccupied with concerns about success and self-esteem, and are better able to form deep connections with others.

Mindfulness improves physical health

If greater well being isn’t enough of an incentive, scientists have discovered the benefits of mindfulness techniques help improve physical health in a number of ways. Mindfulness can:

  • help relieve stress
  • treat heart disease
  • lower blood pressure
  • reduce chronic pain
  • improve sleep
  • alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties

Mindfulness improves mental health

In recent years, psychotherapists have turned to mindfulness meditation as an important element in the treatment of a number of problems, including:

  • depression
  • substance abuse
  • eating disorders
  • couples’ conflicts
  • anxiety disorders
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder

Source: Harvard Help Guide, Harvard Medical School

Yoga

Some Benefits of Yoga . . .

Flexibility

  • Yoga poses work by stretching your muscles. They can help you move better and feel less stiff or tired.
  • At any level of yoga, you’ll probably start to notice benefits soon. In one study, people improved their flexibility by up to 35% after only 8 weeks of yoga.

Strength

  • Even gentle yoga can provide strength and endurance benefits.
  • Many of the poses, build upper-body strength. The standing poses, especially if you hold them for several long breaths, build strength in your hamstrings, quadriceps, and abs.
  • When done right, nearly all poses build core strength in the deep abdominal muscles.

Better Posture

  • When you’re stronger and more flexible, your posture improves.
  • Most standing and sitting poses develop core strength, since you need your core muscles to support and maintain each pose.
  • With a stronger core, you’re more likely to sit and stand “tall.”
  • Yoga also helps your body awareness. That helps you notice more quickly if you’re slouching or slumping, so you can adjust your posture.

Breathing Benefits

  • Yoga usually involves paying attention to your breath, which can help you relax.

Less Stress, More Calm

  • You may feel less stressed and more relaxed after doing some yoga.

Good for Your Heart

  • Yoga has long been known to lower blood pressure and slow the heart rate. A slower heart rate can benefit people with high blood pressure or heart disease, and people who’ve had a stroke.
  • Yoga has also been linked to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and better immune system function.

Source: WebMD